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Do you have a poem that reflects some aspect of the essence of Tacoma? Poets, from professionals to amateurs (maybe even especially amateurs) are invited to share their work with the Laureate Listening Project.
Lucas Smiraldo, the City Of Tacoma Poet Laureate has launched a program to record
It's a short Council meeting agenda for this short work week, but there are still a couple of important items here.
Budgets & Public Hearings
With work continuing on a final 2015-2016 biennial budget, the Council will hear another set of presentations at this week's study session/budget workRead more
We're still a week out from Black Friday, and all the craziness that day entails. Before we get to that, this weekend brings several chances to get an early, and ethical start to your holiday shopping.
This will be the fifth year of this collaboration between StRead more
There's a new restaurant coming to Point Ruston: today the mixed-use center developers announced that WildFin American Grill will open its third location in one of a waterfront Point Ruston waterfront spaces restaurant space.
Tacoma, Wash. - November 20, 2014 - Point Ruston (PointRuston.com), the
December 2, 2014 was proclaimed as #GivingTuesday in recognition of the national day of philanthropy falling on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. In Tacoma New Phoebe House will be using their #GivingTuesday to invite supporters to help themRead more
Last night the Tacoma City Council signed off on a development agreement for the construction of an $85 million hotel, with a possible second residential phase that could bring the project total to $150 million.
In April the City began official negotiations with Yareton Investment & Management LLCRead more
The UWT book store has always been open to the public, but it's always felt a little... like a school book store. That changes with the remodel of the space, wrapping up this week.
With the grand reopening, visitors will find a new "bookstore/coffee house" vibe that may remind you more of a Barnes & Noble ...Read more
Sad news for sushi lovers in Tacoma: Twokoi Japanese Restaurant will be closing for the winter. The Japanese restaurant at South 17th and Commerce in downtown Tacoma announced this week that they will be closing up shop while major construction re-routes 17th into a straight street passing directlyRead more
Community input is invited as Metro Parks Tacoma prepares the 2015-2016 operating budget and embarks on the next generation of capital bond projects.
Residents are encouraged to attend and comment on upcoming budget and bond planning.
The 2nd and final public hearing on budget and bondRead more
You all know what season it is and this year will be no different than last year. Its that time for (DRUMROLL, PLEASE) “Honey, The Parkway Ruined Thanksgiving Once Again!”
A good ole’ Turkey dinner and time with family is nice, but what’s better is having all of the beers the day beforeRead more
Create holiday memories and revel in the winter magic of the Seymour Conservatory as the interior is transformed into a glittering snowglobe.
Fairy lights will twinkle and snow will fall as guests enjoy our grand floral exhibit and hot cocoa.
$3 admission, 11 and under freeRead more
Tinkertopia is a creative reuse center in DowntownTacoma. They remove items from the waste stream and let customers repurpose them as creative arts and crafts supplies. Ride your bike to Tinkertopia on Saturdays in November and receive buy-one-get-one-free Tinker Time. Either bring a friend and getRead more
Start your Saturday off right - with a 5k with Tacoma Runners!
This week we’re at our home course in beautiful Point Defiance park. Join us for the weekly free Tacoma Runners Saturday 5k.
Are you new to Tacoma Runners?
Register at TacomaRunners.com/register, complete your profile, printRead more
Our friends at Creative Colloquy join us to celebrate Indies First with some of our favorite local authors! Indies First, started by Sherman Alexie last year, calls on authors around the country to take a turn as a bookseller at an independent bookstore as part of Small Business Saturday. OurRead more
The Laureate Listening Project is an audio anthology that captures the voices of ordinary TACOMA residents who have created poetry that reflects the spirit of place in their city. We invite you to come with the poem that reflects a place or memory in the city of Tacoma that is presented as a poem.Read more
Mark your calendars! Tacoma small business owners spend every day bringing out the best in your neighborhoods.
Come on out the Saturday after Thanksgiving and celebrate with them between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.Read more
Dangerous buildings are structures in the City that go beyond "derelict" buildings in terms of owner neglect. These boarded up buildings with the "Do Not Occupy" signs are more than just eyesores.
They're often vandalized, occupied by squatters, and stripped of any copper by metal thieves. Due to property owner neglect and poor building condition, they've been deemed dangerous to the public health, and slated for demolition by the City.
If you've ever wondered about the City of Tacoma's process for dealing with these buildings, The Daily Index has a look at some of the process.Read more at Tacoma Daily Index
When the Tacoma Amtrak station moves to Freighthouse Square, it will lose the ample free parking available at its current location further down Puyallup Avenue.
With the move, the new Amtrak station location joins the cluster that already includes the Sounder station, the terminus of the Tacoma Link, and the Tacoma Dome bus transit hub. The free Pierce Transit parking garage is frequently full to capacity, many nearby lots are already allocated to other uses, and the construction of the new station will mean the loss of some on-street angle parking.
There are concerns that the loss of the free (or affordable) adjacent long-term parking could be problematic for Amtrak ridership. Some Dome District business owners are also concerned about the impact of increased parking demands on their neighborhood, and are calling for Pierce Transit to start charging for parking at its garage.
We haven't seen a parking study for the area, but is anyone really trusting enough to leave their car parked at the Amtrak station for the weekend anyway?Read more at The News Tribune
Tacoma police have been using a controversial cell phone tracking devices, or "cell site simulator," to find criminals. Now judges in Pierce County are requiring higher standards for their use.
TPD was getting warrants to use the cell site simulators... well, kind of. They had warrants signed by judges, but the judges didn't know they were signing off on the tracking devices, which not only collect data on a suspect, but on all the phones around them as well. The police made a distinction between telling the judge what information they were seeking, and sharing the tactics they would use to get it.
After learning that police were using the technology, Pierce County judges saw it differently. Now they've asked the police making warrant requests to specify if they plan on using the devices. Pierce County agencies using the devices also have to swear that they will not store data from anyone other than the subject of the warrant.
Jurisdictions all over the country are facing this issue, but apparently Pierce County is ahead of the curve in imposing higher standards.Read more at The News Tribune
Possibilities abound at Earthwise Salvage. New and vintage doors, windows, appliances, lighting, hardware, and lumber fill the warehouses at both the Tacoma and Seattle locations, along with an impressive and diverse assortment of architectural antiques.
If all that possibility leaves you excited for a new project, but not sure where to start, the Earthwise "Get Inspired" page has some great ideas for both commercial and residential projects. The examples they share are taken from customers who have repurposed their Earthwise finds into unique features of their own homes and businesses. For further inspiration, you can also follow Earthwise on Pinterest.
So take a look, get inspired, and head out to Earthwise to see what treasures are waiting to go home with you this weekend. We should warn you, though, these projects can become habit forming...Read more at Earthwise Architectural Salvage
TACOMA, Wash.—Imagine your home had no heat this winter. Or even worse, you had no home. Or your child was diagnosed with developmental delays. Or your family didn’t have enough food to eat. WouldRead more
TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Qiuordai Lewis Taylor, 17, with manslaughter in the first degree, assault in the first degree, robbery in the first degree,Read more
TACOMA Wash. — University of Puget Sound senior William J. Rathje ’15 has been named a Rhodes Scholar. The accomplished student from Lake Oswego, Ore., is Puget Sound’s third Rhodes Scholar, and theRead more
Imagine a line of people early in the morning on Black Friday, eagerly waiting for a store’s doors to open to get deep discounts and kick-start their holiday shopping. Americans wait for hours inRead more
Ready to gobble down some turkey and stuffing? First, make sure you’ve cooked up a plan to navigate heavy Thanksgiving weekend traffic.
The best recipe for successful holiday travel is to planRead more